Justin Jones

N.C. State
DT

Prospect Info

College
N.C. State
Hometown
Class
Austell, GA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
309 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.42
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Los Angeles Chargers
Chargers
Round 3 ‧ Pick 20
40 Yard Dash
5.09
Seconds
 
Bench Press
24
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
104.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.82
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.74
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Jones excelled on an ultra-talented Wolfpack defensive line in 2017, piling up 34 stops, 8.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks in 13 starts with fellow seniors Bradley Chubb, B.J. Hill, and Kentavius Street. He received honorable mention All-ACC recognition as a 13-game starter, making 43 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and three sacks. Jones is a short but active, quick, and strong interior presence with foot quickness that he flashed in 2015 when he started three of 13 games played that year (29 tackles, 6.5 for loss, two sacks.) The four-star recruit earned playing time in 10 games as a true freshman and was credited with 11 tackles that season.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
Strong player who plays his role along the North Carolina State defensive front, but he doesn't really shine in any single area. He's tough enough at the point of attack to give him a shot as a rotational defensive lineman if he's able to add a little more size, but his shot may come late or undrafted as he lacks the athletic traits and overall production teams will be looking for.
Strengths
  • Doesn't carry much bad weight on his frame
  • Possesses good overall play strength and upper body power
  • Fairly sturdy in his lower half with a wide base to balance against angle blocks and double teams
  • Shows an ability to pry himself through double teams when he is able to split them early
  • Shows strength and desire to take an early stand and battle back when losing in the early phases of block engagement
  • Hands stay busy with punches, slaps and swipes as a rusher
Weaknesses
  • Would like to see him do a better job of leveraging his gaps with better hand usage
  • He's strong but not big
  • Looks smaller than his measured size
  • Doesn't really hold the point of attack like a gap control tackle and lacks the get-off of a penetrator
  • Tight-hipped, straight line mover
  • Can be juked along interior
  • Slow to change direction in mirroring cutting running backs
  • Sticks to blocks just a little longer than desired
  • Offers very little pass rush

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league